Tag: france
Macedonia 30.07.20 | 20:39

Thimonier: France approved the negotiating framework for Macedonia

Emmanuel Macron gave the green light for the first intergovernmental conference. France has approved the negotiating framework, French Ambassador Christian Thimonier confirmed in an interview with TV 24. He says the framework is their child and a product of France’s demands for a new methodology....

World 23.05.20 | 12:54

French Navy filmed escorting illegal migrants to the British coast

As a sign that Britain’s immigration scandal is intensifying, a French Navy vessel was recently filmed escorting an illegal migrant boat into British waters. The ship’s transponder shows that this was not its first trip away from France and that it has carried out several similar missions,...

World 28.04.20 | 10:45

France: Radical left-wing organisations try to legitimise riots

In an open letter, French radical left-wing organisations are trying to legitimise the unrest which have been going on for more than a week. Signatories to the letter include feminist and communist organisations, who are trying to depict the police in a negative light, the V4 news agency reported. Video...

World 31.03.20 | 22:40

Here is why France was eventually forced to import face masks

Just over two months ago, before the outbreak of the pandemic, the then French health minister asserted there were plenty of face masks in the country, but today France is facing a huge shortage of them and the government is desperately trying to ease it. Although masks are manufactured in four factories...

Macedonia 17.02.20 | 15:49

Macedonian citizen quarantined in France does not have the virus, returns home

The Macedonian citizen who was evacuated to France from Wuhan does not have the coronavirus after all and was allowed to return to Macedonia. This defies initial reports that she contracted the virus. The woman was evacuated as part of the removal of French citizens from the city that is ground zero...

Macedonia 15.02.20 | 17:05

Another Macedonian citizen has the coronavirus

The Healthcare Ministry informed that a second Macedonian citizen was diagnosed with the coronavirus. It is a woman who was evacuated from China into France, as part of the evacuation of French citizens. She is kept in quarantine in a French hospital. The other citizen is an employee who was working...

Macedonia 13.02.20 | 15:04

Dimitrov and Osmani are in Paris to lobby for the lifting of the French veto

Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov and the Deputy Prime Minister in charge of EU affairs Bujar Osmani are in Paris for meetings with French officials. The two are asking that France approves the opening of accession talks, after the veto President Macron gave Macedonia and Albania in October. Osmani even...

Macedonia 11.12.19 | 15:30

Mickoski visits France for meetings focused on the EU perspective of Macedonia

VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski is leading a high level party delegation on a visit to France, where they will meet with Foreign Ministry officials and members of the Senate and the National Assembly. The meetings will focus on securing the European perspective of our country, overcoming the serious...

Macedonia 29.11.19 | 11:46

Juncker says French veto for Macedonia and Albania was a “shameful” move

Outgoing European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker said the French decision to veto the opening of EU accession talks with Macedonia and Albania was “shameful”. If Europe’s strength lies in us being a reliable partner, someone to count on to defend the multilateral rules-based global...

Macedonia 28.11.19 | 16:01

European politicians speak out against the French EU enlargement proposal even as Macedonian ones welcome it

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen came out in opposition to the idea that the new EU enlargement methodology should apply to countries which are already candidates and on the verge on opening accession talks like Macedonia and Albania. Von der Leyen insisted that the two countries have...

Macedonia 21.11.19 | 14:12

France approves Macedonia’s NATO membership as De Montchalin insists that the EU perspective is not closed either

French Secretary of State for European Affairs Amelie de Montchalin said that the doors for EU membership are not closed for Macedonia, even as France vetoed the opening of EU accession talks in October. De Montchalin was speaking at the National Assembly as France ratified Macedonia’s NATO membership...

Macedonia 20.11.19 | 21:13

Merkel says it would not be good if Macedonia and Albania are left without an EU perspective

Chancellor Angela Merkel said that it would not be good if Macedonia and Albania are left without an EU perspective. Germany is prepared to discuss the French proposal to change the way in which new countries are added to the European Union, Merkel added, speaking at the EPP party conference in Zagreb....

Macedonia 19.11.19 | 22:00

Six member states agree to change EU’s enlargement procedure in exchange for talks with Macedonia and Albania

Italy, Poland, Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic said they will accept the French proposal to change the ways in which the EU conducts enlargement, provided that in return France allows the opening of accession talks with Macedonia and Albania. France vetoed any further accession talks...

Macedonia 18.11.19 | 13:55

Thimonier: We expect reactions to non-paper from EU member states, rule of law a priority

France first expects reactions to the non-paper from all EU member states, but will also attentively listen to the remarks from the Macedonian side as well, French Ambassador Christian Thimonier said on Monday, answering a journalist question after meeting with Constitutional Court President Sali Murati. The...

Macedonia 18.11.19 | 10:21

Lower house of French Parliament to ratify Macedonia’s NATO Accession Protocol this week

The National Assembly of France will discuss the draft law on the ratification of Macedonia’s NATO Accession Protocol on Thursday. The lower house of the French Parliament is expected to ratify the Protocol after the debate, after the Senate did it on October 17. After the French ratification,...

Macedonia 16.11.19 | 20:01

France’s proposal could turn into a never-ending story

VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski believes that with France’s non-paper, the road to EU membership is becoming even longer. According to him, the non-paper shows that outgoing Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has distorted the truth about to what extent domestic reforms have been implemented. It is...

Macedonia 16.11.19 | 17:11

Zaev was warned about the French veto, but decided to go “que sera sera”

Did French President Emmanuel Macron tell the Macedonian delegation what to expect, whether he had lied or been blinded by the date we “received last year” they did not want or could not understand what did the man say? Unfortunately, these dilemmas will remain unanswered, and the facts will...

World 15.11.19 | 21:14

France puts forward new principles for EU enlargement

France has forwarded a so-called “non-paper” to EU member states, requesting a “renewed approach” in the enlargement process towards the Western Balkans. In addition, the European Commission requests that the new methodology in the accession process, which would be applied in...

World 13.11.19 | 19:08

Ton of cocaine washed ashore in France

In the one month since mid-October, when the first small and strange, black packages appeared on the Atlantic coast of France, more than a tonne of cocaine has been washed ashore. Authorities have launched an investigation to find out where the huge amount of particularly pure cocaine (83 per cent purity)...

Macedonia 04.11.19 | 11:05

French Ambassador to Macedonia hints that his country may allow the opening of EU accession talks in May

French Ambassador to Macedonia Christian Thimonier said that Macedonia can expect some good news in May, if it does its job. Thimonier was hinting at the possibility that France would lift its veto against the opening of EU accession talks for Macedonia at the Zagreb European Council in May. Speaking...

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